IE9 Rolling Out via Windows Update, IE10 Will Not Support Vista
Article by George Norman
On 19 Apr 2011
Back on the 14th of March Microsoft rolled out the final version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) to the public and in the first 24 hours the browser had already been downloaded more than 2.3 million times. By the end of March the browser had gone up to gain a 3.6% usage share on Windows 7.

Back in March the IE9 downloads were all user-initiated downloads. The number of IE9 downloads is set to rise as Microsoft announced that it started pushing the browser via Windows Update. Director of Internet Explorer Marketing, Roger Capriotti, announced that:


- IE9 Beta and RC users started to be updated on the last day of March, the 28th of March to be precise.
- And that as of yesterday, the 18th of April, the gradual rollout of IE9 via Windows Update began. By the end June the rollout of IE9 to Vista and Windows 7 users is expected to be complete.

“Similar to our approach for IE8, we will use Windows Update to deliver IE9 to users. IE 9 will not install automatically on machines. Users will have to agree to install IE 9,” said Capriotti.

He added that the Japanese version of IE9 will be released on the 25th of April; the release of the browser has been pushed back so as not to add any burden on the local internet infrastructure. Capriotti did not provide a date when IE9 will be rolled out via Windows Update to Japanese users.

As mentioned above, IE9 will be rolled out to Vista and Windows 7 users – no XP users because the browser does not provide support for the now quite old OX operating system. XP, as you may remember, was rolled out to the public way back in 2011. Okay, so no IE9 for XP users, only for Vista and Windows 7. Tough luck for XP users – soon to be tough luck for Vista users as well. Microsoft recently rolled out the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview and the news is that IE10 will not provide support for Vista.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Browser, Windows Update
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